Perfect Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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If you are looking for perfect baked sweet potatoes, you have found your easy recipe! Creamy soft on the inside with shiny crispy skin on the outside, these baked sweet potatoes are amazing!

Perfect Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a perfect healthy side dish!  Even though it’s counter-intuitive that something “sweet” can be healthy, sweet potatoes are actually much better for you than regular white potatoes.  Something so delicious that’s actually good for you – that’s always a great find!  Plus these baked sweet potatoes are so easy to make – what a perfect recipe to make anytime!

High oven temperatures make sweet potatoes caramelized – they taste absolutely delicious! When in a pinch, you can bake a sweet potato in a microwave in 5 minutes, but nothing compares to the taste and texture of oven-baked sweet potatoes! Roasting brings out the natural sugar and gives them this deep caramelized flavor – mouthwatering!  Roasted sweet potatoes are so creamy and smooth inside and so flavorful!

How To Make Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baking sweet potatoes in the oven is the easiest way of cooking them (aside from microwaving).  Peeling and cutting tough raw sweet potatoes is always a chore, and the great news is that for this recipe you don’t need to do that! Since you are baking the sweet potatoes whole, no cutting and peeling is needed – yay! Just rub sweet potatoes with oil, pierce with a fork and put in the oven for an hour – that’s all there is to it! Stick them in the oven and forget about them – the oven does all the work!

Baked sweet potatoes are very versatile – you can eat them as a side dish with a little butter, maple syrup and cinnamon, or you can use them as a base for another recipe such as mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato muffins.  Here’s a very impressive holiday dish you would love making with them – sweet potato casserole with marshmallows – scoop out the sweet potato flesh and mash it, put in a casserole dish, top with marshmallows and bake until marshmallows are roasted – YUM!

How To Bake Sweet Potatoes In The Oven

Step 1: Rub sweet potatoes with oil

Make sure your sweet potatoes are fully dry (after you wash them, dry with paper towels).  Put sweet potatoes on parchment paper lined baking sheet and pour olive oil over them.

Sweet Potatoes With Olive Oil

Rub the oil all over the sweet potatoes so they are shiny.

Oil Rubbed Sweet Potatoes

Step 2: Pierce sweet potatoes with fork

Prickle the sweet potatoes with fork in several places to prevent them from exploding in the oven.

Pierce Sweet Potatoes With Fork

Step 2: Bake sweet potatoes

Put the sweet potatoes in preheated 425F oven and bake for 45-60 minutes.  You’ll know when they are done when they feel soft when gently touched.

Baked Whole Sweet Potatoes

Serve these yummy sweet potatoes with butter, maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon.  They taste amazing!

Baked Sweet Potato With Butter, Maple Syrup and Cinnamon

For some more amazing sweet potato recipes, check these out:

Marshmallow Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Easy Sweet Potato Muffins

Crispy Sweet Potato Chips

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Cranberries And Walnuts

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

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Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

These whole baked sweet potatoes are so creamy and smooth with a perfect texture! Making them is super easy and the oven does all the work! Baked sweet potatoes are so healthy too, what a perfect side dish!
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Wash the sweet potatoes, then dry them thoroughly with paper towel. Put the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the sweet potatoes with olive oil and rub the oil all over the sweet potatoes.
  • Prickle the sweet potatoes in several places with a fork.
  • Put the sweet potatoes in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until tender when pressed.
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